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CajunBass
07-10-2012, 06:31
I got no idea why I bought this thing. It was cheap, so it's not like it set me back a lot. I suppose I did because it's "cute." It looked like a lost puppy on the rack.

An "I" frame Smith & Wesson 32 Regulation Police from the early 20's. 3 1/4" barrel, walnut grips. No address line. The finish is rough, but it's almost 100 years old. I wish my finish looked this good.

http://i21.photobucket.com/albums/b292/CajunBass/handguns/100_0429.jpg

http://i21.photobucket.com/albums/b292/CajunBass/handguns/100_0430.jpg

I bought a box of RNL 32 longs with it. They cost almost as much as the gun. :wow:

CBennett
07-10-2012, 06:45
No, I always know why and ONLY have guns I use and or have a use for.

mj9mm
07-10-2012, 06:53
so are you gonna shoot it? better save the brass:wavey:

SigFTW
07-10-2012, 07:10
I have said "WHY" did I not buy that gun!!! But never the other way around :)

CajunBass
07-10-2012, 07:24
so are you gonna shoot it? better save the brass:wavey:

Oh yea. I'll shoot it. I don't know how much, but it will get shot. Reloading dies may come later depending on how we like it.

My wife says she may even carry it.

DonD
07-10-2012, 07:30
My wife says she may even carry it.

That'd probably make current .380s seem like beasts. Better than nothing I guess. Don

dnuggett
07-10-2012, 07:37
I'll admit a couple times I have done that. When it happens they don't stick around for long. Unless of course one of them happens to grow on me.

dajcarroll
07-10-2012, 07:37
Yes, I have... but I'd probably buy that one too. What was the damage if you don't mind me asking?


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Bren
07-10-2012, 07:46
I usually buy guns only for a purpose, but if one is cheap enough that purpose may be "cheap car gun" or "spare."

nathanours
07-10-2012, 07:52
I usually buy guns only for a purpose, but if one is cheap enough that purpose may be "cheap car gun" or "spare."

I agree, I can ALWAYS think of some use for what I buy.

Stevekozak
07-10-2012, 07:59
No. Always can find a use for a gun!! :) What constituted cheap in this case? I like the looks of that gun!!

ChicagoZman
07-10-2012, 08:00
Only twice in twenty years.

First time was a Bushmaster M17S. A really cool looking bullpup 5.56 that I found at a gun show and just had to have. Wish I hadn't gone to that gun show.

Second was a Taurus 24/7 OSS .45. Handled it daily in the LGS and it looked good and felt even better than it looked. Too bad it doesn't shoot as well as it looks and feels.

Bilbo Bagins
07-10-2012, 08:20
I got no idea why I bought this thing. It was cheap, so it's not like it set me back a lot. I suppose I did because it's "cute." It looked like a lost puppy on the rack.

An "I" frame Smith & Wesson 32 Regulation Police from the early 20's. 3 1/4" barrel, walnut grips. No address line. The finish is rough, but it's almost 100 years old. I wish my finish looked this good.

http://i21.photobucket.com/albums/b292/CajunBass/handguns/100_0429.jpg

http://i21.photobucket.com/albums/b292/CajunBass/handguns/100_0430.jpg

I bought a box of RNL 32 longs with it. They cost almost as much as the gun. :wow:

Its probably a soft shooting, accurate gun. The ammo cost sucks though. Might be a good gun to give to grandma. Take her out shooting once or twice so she knows how to shoot it, then load it up, give her a box of ammo and be done with it.

Not a great range toy because of ammo cost, but a good gun for someone who is recoil sensitive.

CajunBass
07-10-2012, 08:56
Its probably a soft shooting, accurate gun.

Not a great range toy because of ammo cost, but a good gun for someone who is recoil sensitive.

That's why my wife (who IS a grandmaw BTW) said she might carry it. Not so much because of recoil, but because she walks with a cane and has balance problems, so keeping the weight she carries down is important to her. She loves to shoot her 65-6 Ladysmith, but it's heavier than she wants to carry around. She likes revolvers now, and has no interest in any kind of semi-auto.

If she enjoys shooting it, I'll just pick-up the stuff to reload for it.

Oh, someone asked. It was about $250.00.

Bruce M
07-10-2012, 14:09
I would probably have picked it up at 250 also despite having absolutely no idea what I would do with it. Congratulations.

Berto
07-10-2012, 14:13
Lol, I have about 20 "spares".

countrygun
07-10-2012, 14:34
Antique revolvers that I don't have a purpose for?

Uhm, yah,...I got a few

http://i1231.photobucket.com/albums/ee518/CountryG/22sforsixguns001.jpg



http://i648.photobucket.com/albums/uu208/countrygun/IM002583.jpg



I have another one on the way. At least mine shoot cheap ammo

fnfalman
07-10-2012, 15:00
Colt Official Police/Commando hybrid. It has an Official Police barrel but the serial number dates to the Commando series. It has some sort of weird modification to the rear sight and the action is looser than the caboose of a french hooker. But hey, it was cheap and one of these days I'll make some sort of project gun out of it.

http://i50.photobucket.com/albums/f308/fnfalman/Colt%20Official%20Police/ColtOfficialPolice004.jpg
http://i50.photobucket.com/albums/f308/fnfalman/Colt%20Official%20Police/ColtOfficialPolice006.jpg

Bflying
07-10-2012, 15:45
Yup. For me it was the Judge. I really don't know why I wanted it, I just did. Maybe it'll be a collectors item someday. No really.

Magus
07-10-2012, 16:28
I've bought a few "why" guns over the years. Most of them were an impulse type of buy.

Last "why gun" was a RIA 1911 in 9mm. While it was a okay gun for what it was and I am a 1911 fan....I don't know why the hell I bought the thing. Traded it out.

ArtCrafter
07-10-2012, 16:43
A guy who used to post on the S&W Forum called his method of acquisiton a "Catch-and-Release Program." Not very original, perhaps, but still about as concise and accurate a description as I've ever heard.

At least for most gun cranks. Only a relative few can afford to buy AND keep them all. Many just get bored with things and like to trade them for new ones from time to time. Still others sometimes trade up.

Evidently, it never ends. I've even heard it called a "disease." :therapy: :rofl:

bac1023
07-10-2012, 17:20
I got no idea why I bought this thing. It was cheap, so it's not like it set me back a lot. I suppose I did because it's "cute." It looked like a lost puppy on the rack.

An "I" frame Smith & Wesson 32 Regulation Police from the early 20's. 3 1/4" barrel, walnut grips. No address line. The finish is rough, but it's almost 100 years old. I wish my finish looked this good.

http://i21.photobucket.com/albums/b292/CajunBass/handguns/100_0429.jpg

http://i21.photobucket.com/albums/b292/CajunBass/handguns/100_0430.jpg

I bought a box of RNL 32 longs with it. They cost almost as much as the gun. :wow:

Looks great

Congrats! :cool:

I buy guns because I want them and there doesn't need to be any other reason.

pennlineman
07-10-2012, 18:05
Looks great

Congrats! :cool:

I buy guns because I want them and there doesn't need to be any other reason.

I try to stay focused within certain areas. If happens to fit into one of those areas and I like it that is all the reason I need.

Another cool old revolver CajunBass, congrats. I love the old 5 screw models and diamond grips. For what you got it for I'm afraid it would have followed me home too. In fact a newer version of the same gun did a few months ago.

http://i616.photobucket.com/albums/tt250/pennlineman/2012/DSC002952.jpg

bac1023
07-10-2012, 18:11
I try to stay focused within certain areas. If happens to fit into one of those areas and I like it that is all the reason I need.



As do I. I only want the guns that fit my criteria.

My collection is very structured.

Bruce M
07-10-2012, 18:16
Perhaps one way to look at it is, either you didn't have an I frame so now you do, or if you already have one now you can compare the two.

countrygun
07-10-2012, 18:24
I have been thinking about that beautiful old S&W. I have to admit, if it popped up at my LGS, I would have them on the 'net seeing if I could get dies, molds and brass, and if I could I'd have them on the way before I left the shop with the pistol. (actually, I cheat a bit. I know my shop has an old set of dies that came in with a Estate collection of gunsmithing stuff)

CajunBass
07-10-2012, 18:25
I was sort of being tongue in cheek when I asked "Why'd I buy this thing?" I really had several reasons.

(1) It was there.

(2) It had been a week or so since I last bought a gun.

(3) I had most of a box of 32 Long RNL ammo at home and no 32 to shoot it in.

(4) My wife thought it was "cute."

(5) I didn't have one.

(6) It would give us something to talk about on Glock talk.

(7) It's older than I am. I don't find many things older than I am anymore. :supergrin:

elde
07-10-2012, 18:30
Hell, I'm looking at a Sig 290RS - the new one with the "improved" trigger - while thinking why in the *%#@ did I buy this thing?

Think I'll pick #2 on CajunBass' list as the reason!

countrygun
07-10-2012, 18:33
Ahhhh, the old, "I have a box of that ammo, and no gun to shoot it in" ploy. that is how I got into the 9x18, (and .35 rem, and 30-40, and .300 Savage) I think SWMBO is catching on. she looked in my ammo cabinet the other day and said ".357 Sig, do we have a gun in that caliber?"

:whistling:

(Glad she didn't spot the 6.5-06 dies)

bigchuck83
07-10-2012, 20:05
i am already wondering why i have a S&W M&P 45 compact after just visiting the gunshow this last saturday. Only a few days and i wonder "why did i buy this" i have no real use for it other than a possible trade item if i find something i need like another Beretta or a second 10mm. I still am clueless as to why i impulse buy things.

Batesmotel
07-10-2012, 21:49
I look at a gun and ask, Why Not?

The collection grows faster that way.

sfguard
07-10-2012, 21:51
I sure have

RWBlue
07-10-2012, 22:04
I got no idea why I bought this thing. It was cheap, so it's not like it set me back a lot. I suppose I did because it's "cute." It looked like a lost puppy on the rack.

An "I" frame Smith & Wesson 32 Regulation Police from the early 20's. 3 1/4" barrel, walnut grips. No address line. The finish is rough, but it's almost 100 years old. I wish my finish looked this good.

http://i21.photobucket.com/albums/b292/CajunBass/handguns/100_0429.jpg

http://i21.photobucket.com/albums/b292/CajunBass/handguns/100_0430.jpg

I bought a box of RNL 32 longs with it. They cost almost as much as the gun. :wow:

I try to stay focused within certain areas. If happens to fit into one of those areas and I like it that is all the reason I need.

Another cool old revolver CajunBass, congrats. I love the old 5 screw models and diamond grips. For what you got it for I'm afraid it would have followed me home too. In fact a newer version of the same gun did a few months ago.

http://i616.photobucket.com/albums/tt250/pennlineman/2012/DSC002952.jpg

I inherited a S&W in 32S&W long. It looks like CajunBass's, but with the grip of pennlineman's.

IMHO, it is......one of the most useless guns in my collection. Although I bought ammo before the price went up, it is not cheap to shoot. Not powerful enough for Self Defense. Not accurate enough for a dedicated target gun. I don't believe it was special to my grandfather.

But I just can not force myself to sell it.

BTW, get some speed loaders for it.

rednoved
07-10-2012, 22:39
I haven't yet. There have been guns I have considered buying that I don't really need, just want.

12131
07-10-2012, 22:53
Ever buy a gun and wonder "Why?"
More than a few times.:embarassed:

bac1023
07-11-2012, 02:03
I haven't yet. There have been guns I have considered buying that I don't really need, just want.

I stopped "needing" guns many years ago.

hogship
07-11-2012, 03:25
Yep.......I've bought several that are only collector's items. After I own it, I sometimes ask myself why I did it.......could have bought something I'd at least shoot once in awhile!

ooc

E-2-E
07-11-2012, 04:12
Yes I have, and will continue to do so.